Positive Guidance for Young Children: Be Consistent
Young children are learning to manage their behaviors and feelings. They may need many reminders of what appropriate behavior looks like. Clear directions from adults in a calm, firm tone of voice help children know what to do.
- Teach expectations
Talk about how you expect children to act in a group, at meal times, and during cleanup times. Show them what you mean by modeling the desired behaviors.
- Respond consistently
When adults are consistent with consequences and responses, children will understand what has happened in the past and what they can expect in the future.
- Keep a schedule
When children are tired, hungry, or thirsty, it is more difficult for them to engage in appropriate behavior. Keep a consistent schedule so children’s physical needs are met.
- Use natural consequences
Children learn through cause and effect. If your child spills crackers on the floor, have her help pick them up.
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
- Child Care Center
- Family Child Care
- Preschool Program
- Faculty / Trainer
- Parents / Family
- Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)